We tend to spend a lot of life looking at the impossibility of what faces us instead of embracing the possibility of seeing God’s hand at work in our lives. In Numbers 13:32-33 we see how the scouts of Israel who explored the foreign land let their fears exaggerate what they saw: “All the people we saw there are of great size. . . We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes.” Their fears created a bigger obstacle than was really there. When you are faced with difficult situations, do not make them worse by heaping speculation, potential consequences, and added challenges onto it. Doing this allows your troubles to create fear instead of affirming your hope and trust in Jesus, who has promised to care, comfort, and provide for you – no matter how difficult the challenge. God wants you to place your hope in the same Jesus who in verse 32 had compassion for over 5,000 people who were famished and tired; He gave His disciples the impossible task to feed them! The unfeasibility of the task immediately caused the disciples to question, challenge, and doubt the very possibility of Jesus’ request. You will always be faced with the difficult and impossible. The following three responses will help you respond positively to difficult situations:
- Turn to God rather than questioning and doubting His ability to meet your need. Joshua 24:15 encourages us to, “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve . . . But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."
- Find your comfort and assurance in God – not yourself and others. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 reminds us of this: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles.”
- By faith make your request to God, believing that He will not only take care of you but also believing your God can perform a miracle! Matthew 17:20 boldly declares, “Jesus replied, ‘Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, “Move from here to there” and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.’"
Exodus 14:13-14 “Moses answered the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand firmand you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.’" (NIV)